SCIENCE PUB – HOW ORGANIC MOLECULES CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY!
Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a 12th incredible season! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room over fine craft beer and award-winning pub cuisine. The room opens at 5:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month’s lecture will be presented by Marc MacKinnon, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at The University of Regina. There is an apocryphal tale about the defeat of Napoleon’s army in Russia in 1812. It states that the Grande Armeé was only defeated because of the choice of metal for the buttons fastening their clothing. That choice was tin, a relatively soft metal that becomes extremely brittle and disintegrates at cold temperatures, leaving the soldiers without proper protection from the elements in the Russian winter. While this explanation is almost certainly not true, chemistry and organic molecules are wholly interwoven into the fabric of human history. In the past, desired molecules have launched worldwide expeditions and created exploitative empires with vast wealth that shaped our modern societies. More recently, organic chemistry has allowed us to combat disease and pain, alter the physical landscape, and colour our world. This talk will look at the molecules behind some of history’s biggest shifts and discuss the properties and structures that made them useful, appealing and of such value.